2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class preview Page 2

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In the AMG portfolio, the S63 now comes with a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 instead of the previous 5.5-liter twin-turbo V-8. Peak output is 603 hp and 664 lb-ft. That’s the same torque as before but an additional 26 hp. The S65 continues with its 6.0-liter twin-turbo V-12 with 621 hp and 738 lb-ft. The S63 also benefits from a 9-speed automatic while the S65 sticks with a 7-speeder.

For Maybach buyers, there are S560 and S650 models to choose from. The S560 has the same engine as the regular S560 sedan, while the S650 sticks with the 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-12 of the previous S600 model. The V-12 is still rated at 523 hp and 612 lb-ft.

Finally, there are some new, state-of-the-art electronic driver assist goodies. The highlight is a feature enabling the car to automatically adjust its speed for a number of road situations. Mercedes lists bends, highway exits, junctions, roundabouts and toll booths as examples. The feature relies on enhanced camera and radar systems as well as map and navigation data to calculate driving behavior.

The feature to scan the road ahead and automatically adjust the suspension to suit has also been improved via a new stereo multipurpose camera. The new camera is said to scan the road ahead with greater accuracy, even in dark conditions and at higher speeds.

2018 Mercedes-AMG S63

2018 Mercedes-AMG S63

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The updated S-Class also gets Mercedes’ curve-tilting system (previously it was only on the S-Class Coupe) where the body can tilt to the inside of a turn by up to 2.65 degrees, reducing the centrifugal forces perceived by passengers. Also worth mentioning is the upgraded lane change assist feature. Now tapping the indicator stalk is all it takes to initiate a lane change. This lane change is executed within the next ten seconds within a certain speed range and if the vehicle sensor system does not detect any vehicles in the relevant safety zone the driver might have missed.

The updated S-Class is due in showrooms this fall, as a 2018 model. The car made its world debut on Wednesday at the 2017 Shanghai auto show.

Note, Mercedes is yet to reveal details on the plug-in hybrid version of the S-Class which is set to receive “EQ Power” badging and a wireless charging system.

For more Shanghai auto show coverage, head to our dedicated hub. And for more on the S-Class, read the in-depth reviews at The Car Connection.

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